Come To the Lamb County Library
110 E. 6th
Littlefield, Texas 79339
REGULAR LIBRARY HOURS: 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday-Saterday 9:00 a.m. till 12 noon
Welcome to the Lamb County Library. Come join us in learning.
The Library was established by the "Afternoon Club" in 1913. The first books for the library were purchased when the ladies of the "Afternoon Club" sent out a postcard asking people in the community to buy a book. The campaign to acquire books was successful. The Club was later named "We the Women". The collection of books was originally housed in the Presbyterian Church. Later the city built a room and gave it to the library. The new Court House was being built and the "We the Women" requested the library be housed in the basement. In 1956 the City Library became the Lamb County Library. Lula Hubbard was the first librarian. The library had a book mobile that served the surrounding area until 1980 when the book mobile was canceled by Judge Joyner. The Olton branch was setup by then Director JoAnn Austin and her Assistant Mary Gonzales. Linda Roper was hired to run the Olton Branch Library and it opened part-time in 1982. The Lamb County Library moved to its present location, the old Higginbotham-Bartlett building in 1983. In 1997 the Olton Branch became full time. In 2003 the County Commissions of Lamb County formed two separate libraries, Lamb County Library and The Olton Area Library.
The Lamb County Library was moved in December of 2006 to the old Post Office at 110 E. 6th, The historical Post Office built in 1940 was given a cosmetic facelift,made handicap accessable and reclaimed by County Judge Thompson, District Judge Klein, and the library staff under the direction of Mary Gonzales for use as the new home of the Lamb County Library.
The Lamb County Library in Littlefield serves surrounding area. It is open8:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon
The Library Director is Karen Varner and has worked at the library for 12 years. She has been married for 39 years and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren.
Candy Seth is the assistant librarian. She has worked for the library since 2006 She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren She moved here from Petersburg in 2002.
Sandy Callaway is our pat-time clerk
The library has a new circulation desk, computer tables, audio-visul shelving and task chairs provided by a grant from the Tocker Foundation. The Library has a small but growing collect of Spanish materials, DVD, books, video, and language tapes. The library has 8 Internet accessible computers Our computers are filtered and patrons under 17 years of age must can not have the filters bypassed unless a parent or guardian requests it and is with the child when they use the computers.
Each Summer the library has a Summer Reading Progran. This summer in July the reading program is "Catch The Reading Express"
The librarians will assist you in learning how to use the computers or help you find the information you are searching for. If you have questions that need answered don't hesitate to ask, that's what we are here for.
Thanks to the Texas LoanStar Grant Program that provided the funds for salerys for personnel the library is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m. till 12 noon and begining computer instruction will be given most Saturdays. If any patrons would like to take lessons the sign up sheet is at the library. Please pick a date and sign up early because there are only 8 openings a week..
Each patron is allowed to check out.
5 books, 4 book-on-tape, and you must be 17 or older or with a responsible adult to check out the 4 movies each family is allowed.
Books and Books-on-tape are checked out for 2 weeks.
Videos and DVD are checked out for 3 days.
If you can't return the books, movies, or books-on-tape by the day they are due, Please call the library at 385-5223 to recheck the materials you have checked out and avoid a late fee.
Books and Books-on-tape: $ .05 per day
Movies: $1.00 per day
In the interest of providing quality service, libraries have an obligation to obtain material to meet the informational needs of users when local resources do not meet those needs. Interlibrary loan (ILL), a mechanism for obtaining material is essential to the vitality of all libraries. ILL is the process by which a library requests material from, or supplies material to, another library.
Any patron who is in good standing with the Lamb County Public Library is eligible for interlibrary loan services. No age restrictions apply; children as well as adults can request materials. The Lamb County Public Library’s existing user confidentiality policy applies also to ILL requests.
Interlibrary loan is mainly for printed materials, such as books and photocopies of magazine articles. Audio-visual materials, current-year books, rare books, genealogy books, reference books, bestsellers, and inexpensive paperbacks may be requested but are often not available through interlibrary loan.
Requests are handled within 48 hours (excluding weekends). Most materials will take an average of 2 to 3 weeks to arrive. Sometimes materials are received in as little as a few days and at times it can take over a month. The loan period for the item is determined by the lending library. The lending library also determines whether an item can be renewed or not and for how long. Most of the lending libraries have a no renewal policy.
Since return postage is the responsibility of the borrowing library, Public Library pays return postage and doesn’t pass the cost on to the patron at this time. If a Patron requires a long list of books we will order 3 books per person, when those books are returned 3 more will be ordered; unless special permission has been aranged with the director.
According to Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States from ALA, the borrowing library is responsible for a material from the time it leaves the lending library until it is back on the shelves at the lending library. If the post office loses the material, then the borrowing library is still responsible and will have to pay for the loss. If the patron loses the materials, then the patron will have to pay for the material including any additional fees imposed by the lending library.